AIMING FOR THE TOP: Ben Rohrer, left, and Steve Smith celebrate the Sydney Sixers’ win over the Perth Scorchers in the 2012 Big Bash League final. The inaugural Regional Bash Twenty20 will give promising Country cricketers the chance to impress Sixers scouts and perhaps even snag a rookie contract.
AIMING FOR THE TOP: Ben Rohrer, left, and Steve Smith celebrate the Sydney Sixers’ win over the Perth Scorchers in the 2012 Big Bash League final. The inaugural Regional Bash Twenty20 will give promising Country cricketers the chance to impress Sixers scouts and perhaps even snag a rookie contract. AAP

Cricket's T20 rep game has Six appeal

FIFTEEN Far North Coast cricketers have the chance to impress Sydney Sixers selectors in the new Plan B Regional Bash Twenty20.

The inaugural competition involves 16 regional teams and will culminate in a final at the SCG in December.

Eight teams are aligned with Big Bash League franchise Sydney Sixers and eight with Sydney Thunder.

Northern Rivers Rock will take on the Coffs Coast Chargers in the first round of the knockout at Coffs Harbour tomorrow.

Cricket NSW has named Nick De Giusti, Sam Irvine, Justin Moore and Caleb Ziebell as players to watch.

The new competition replaces the SCG Country Cup, which lost its sponsorship money for this season.

"Local representative cricket is dying in a lot of places and we wanted to try something new," Northern NSW development leader Dave Szumowski said.

"It's a talent identification program where we would love to see a local player picked up by the Sixers.

"We want to get the community back involved in cricket and hopefully this is a way we can do it.

"The Sixers will be keeping an eye on the competition and the opportunity is there for a Country player to get a rookie contract."

Australian cricket legend Doug Walters will be at the game tomorrow with plenty of activities for kids.

If Northern Rivers beat Coffs Harbour they will be one win away from the final at the SCG.

"We want the spotlight on young players and each team must have four who are under 21," Szumowski said.

"Hopefully it becomes an annual thing that local communities can feel part of."

Ballina juniors will attend as part of the free Milo T20 Blast with a barbecue and jumping castle at the ground.



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